Contents


Is There a Jewish Gene?

Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer

The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology by Nadia Abu El-Haj

Luscious, Delicate, Muscular Bellows

George Bellows an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 10–October 8, 2012; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 14, 2012–February 18, 2013; and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 16–June 9, 2013

Does This Writer Deserve the Prize?

Red Sorghum by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

Big Breasts and Wide Hips by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

The Jihadis of Yemen

The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia by Gregory D. Johnsen

High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaeda in Yemen by Edmund J. Hull

Contributors

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of five books about the American Gilded Age, including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival (2012) and, most recently, IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years, published this month by Penguin.
 (July 2019)

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (June 2019)

Robert Darnton’s A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution was published in February. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. (June 2018)

David Dollenmayer’s most recent translation is of Martin Walser’s A Gushing Fountain.
 (May 2016)

Michael Ignatieff is President of Central European University in Budapest. His books include Isaiah Berlin: A Life and The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World. (June 2018)

Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic. His selection of Lionel Trilling’s letters, Life in Culture, was published in September.
 (December 2018)

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair at the University of California at Riverside. His recent books include An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics and a translation of the memoirs of the Chinese astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, entitled The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State. (June 2018)

Janet Malcolm’s latest book is Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers. Her next essay collection, Nobody’s Looking at You, will be published next year. (July 2018)

Thomas Nagel is University Professor Emeritus at NYU. He is the author of The View From Nowhere, Mortal Questions, and Mind and Cosmos, among other books.
 (March 2019)

Joyce Carol Oates’s most recent book is Hazards of Time Travel. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley. (May 2019)

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom Empire, Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012, and, most recently, the poetry collection The Blue Hill. (April 2019)

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and the Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Road to Brexit will be published in the US in November. (June 2019)

Nicolas Pelham is The Economist’s Middle East correspondent. His most recent book is Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East. (October 2016)

William Pfaff’s latest book is The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy.
 (June 2013)

Christopher Ricks teaches at Boston University in the Core Curriculum and the Editorial Institute and is a former president of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. From 2004 to 2009 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. His recent books include True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound and Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot.

Willibald Sauerländer is a former Director of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. His latest book is Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil. (May 2016)

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and ­William Nicholson.
 (May 2019)

Paul Volcker was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1979 to 1987, and the Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Obama during 2009 and 2010. (August 2013)

Robert F. Worth is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. His latest book is A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS. (February 2019)